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From fashion colours to spectrum analysis: negotiating femininities in Mid-Victorian women's magazines

Jolein De Ridder UGent and Marianne Van Remoortel UGent (2012) WOMENS HISTORY REVIEW. 21(1). p.21-36
abstract
This article argues that supplements are indispensable to Victorian periodical research, for together with their parent periodicals, they function to construct specific cultural values. The authors' case study of the Treasury of Literature (1868-75), literary supplement to the Ladies' Treasury (1857-1895), examines how this addendum enabled the Ladies' Treasury to negotiate the tensions between the restrictive social and domestic roles prescribed to Victorian middle-class women on the one hand, and women's own varied everyday experience on the other. Conceived just as the contemporary women's movement was beginning to gain strength, its scientific and informative content, reminiscent of the 'enlightened' women's journals of the late eighteenth century, provided a perfect counterpart to the more traditional values of domesticity which predominated in the main magazine. As such, it provides further insights into the unstable construction of femininities during this critical period.
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organization
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journalArticle (original)
publication status
published
subject
keyword
SUPPLEMENTS
journal title
WOMENS HISTORY REVIEW
Woman Hist.
volume
21
issue
1
pages
21 - 36
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000302560900002
ISSN
0961-2025
DOI
10.1080/09612025.2012.645671
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
939372
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-939372
date created
2010-04-28 13:43:01
date last changed
2015-06-17 11:25:18
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  abstract     = {This article argues that supplements are indispensable to Victorian periodical research, for together with their parent periodicals, they function to construct specific cultural values. The authors' case study of the Treasury of Literature (1868-75), literary supplement to the Ladies' Treasury (1857-1895), examines how this addendum enabled the Ladies' Treasury to negotiate the tensions between the restrictive social and domestic roles prescribed to Victorian middle-class women on the one hand, and women's own varied everyday experience on the other. Conceived just as the contemporary women's movement was beginning to gain strength, its scientific and informative content, reminiscent of the 'enlightened' women's journals of the late eighteenth century, provided a perfect counterpart to the more traditional values of domesticity which predominated in the main magazine. As such, it provides further insights into the unstable construction of femininities during this critical period.},
  author       = {De Ridder, Jolein and Van Remoortel, Marianne},
  issn         = {0961-2025},
  journal      = {WOMENS HISTORY REVIEW},
  keyword      = {SUPPLEMENTS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {21--36},
  title        = {From fashion colours to spectrum analysis: negotiating femininities in Mid-Victorian women's magazines},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09612025.2012.645671},
  volume       = {21},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
De Ridder, Jolein, and Marianne Van Remoortel. 2012. “From Fashion Colours to Spectrum Analysis: Negotiating Femininities in Mid-Victorian Women’s Magazines.” Womens History Review 21 (1): 21–36.
APA
De Ridder, Jolein, & Van Remoortel, M. (2012). From fashion colours to spectrum analysis: negotiating femininities in Mid-Victorian women’s magazines. WOMENS HISTORY REVIEW, 21(1), 21–36.
Vancouver
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De Ridder J, Van Remoortel M. From fashion colours to spectrum analysis: negotiating femininities in Mid-Victorian women’s magazines. WOMENS HISTORY REVIEW. 2012;21(1):21–36.
MLA
De Ridder, Jolein, and Marianne Van Remoortel. “From Fashion Colours to Spectrum Analysis: Negotiating Femininities in Mid-Victorian Women’s Magazines.” WOMENS HISTORY REVIEW 21.1 (2012): 21–36. Print.